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Nets to try and get Disabled Player Exception for Lopez, add player to roster


The Nets are capped out and have 15 guys on the roster — they cannot add another body under the NBA rules. However with Brook Lopez out for the season, they want to. Need to, really, when you consider the injury history of players on the roster.

So the Nets are going to file the paperwork for a Disabled Player Exception according to GM Billy King, as reported by Andy Vasquez of the Bergin Record.

What does that mean? Teams who are over the cap can apply for this exception to add a player when they lose one for the season (something a league doctor has to clear but will in the case of Lopez).

Who can they get? Straight from Larry Coon’s NBA CBA FAQ:

• The team may sign a free agent for one season only, for 50% of the disabled player’s salary or the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception, whichever is less.

• The team may trade for a player in the last season of his contract only (including any option years), who is making no more than 50% plus $100,000 of the disabled player’s salary, or the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level exception plus $100,000, whichever is less.

For the Nets, this means they can sign or trade for a player up to the midlevel exception of $5.15 million (half of Lopez’ salary is $7.35 million).

It should be noted that because the Nets have a full roster they would need to waive a player to make room for another one, even with the DPE (thanks to Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game for the reminder). They could waive Tyshawn Taylor, Tornike Shengelia or Alan Anderson but they still have to pay those guys’ fully guaranteed deals.

Getting the DPE is one thing, using it is another. They might like to bring in another big man, but the pickings out there are pretty slim (unless they have another future asset they might give up in a trade, but not many of those left). This gives the Nets flexibility but they don’t have a lot of good options right now.

And whatever this player signs for gets added to what is already the highest payroll and tax in the league — they will be pushing $190 million in salary and tax before this signing. But that doesn’t seem to faze Prokhorov.

Deron Williams’ wrist still not all the way back

Deron Williams, Larry Sanders
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Deron Williams was in Utah last weekend playing dodgeball.

He was playing for charity. Not exactly the high stakes of playing dodgeball to save your gym from being bought by Globo-Gym, but still a very worthy cause. Williams was playing with Kyle Korver, C.J. Miles and Wesley Mathews.

And he spoke with the Salt Lake Tribune and gave an update on the injured wrist he played through at the end of last season and had surgery on once the Nets were done in the playoff race (well, long after that, really).

Yeah, yeah. I wouldn’t say 100 percent. I’ve still got to do some strengthening and breaking up scar tissue. I think that’s a process with any surgery.

His wrist will get stronger and some scar tissue will get worked out when he goes to start playing in Turkey soon. While we may wonder why a guy on the verge of a huge free agent contract would risk injury playing overseas, it will be good for his wrist and he will be sharp once the Nets do open camp after the lockout ends.

Nets owner Prokhorov about to enter Russian politics

Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference
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What is the one thing that could make the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations look simple?

How about Russian politics?

But that’s what Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is about to jump into, as part of a “pro-Kremlin” party (backing the existing leadership), according to the Associated Press.

Mikhail Prokhorov said Monday he would head the Just Cause party — what he later called in televised remarks “an uneasy and somewhat surprising decision.”

Just Cause hopes to win legislature seats in December parliamentary elections.

The establishing of the party is widely seen by critics as an attempt by the Kremlin to lure opposition-minded, pro-business voters, while creating an illusion of competition with the ruling United Russia party ahead of election.

I don’t see how this impacts the Nets. I’m not about to delve into Russian politics. I’m just passing along the information.

Sean Williams, the NBA's favorite son, is headed to Israel


Sean Williams was waived by the New Jersey Nets this past January, and no one missed him. Not even the Nets, who were struggling to notch their fourth win of the season at the time. Williams had chances to play. He had chances to succeed. He had chances to, well, do anything but screw up.

Williams’ competition for playing time in New Jersey has consisted of Josh Boone, Kris Humphries, Stromile Swift, and Eduardo Najera. Yet Williams, for a variety of reasons, could never snag the spot in the rotation — and in the NBA — that he was born to take. Williams’ physical gifts will make sure he gets basketball employment of some kind for the foreseeable future, but his NBA appeal has dried out. At this stage in his career, Williams just isn’t worth the trouble. Talented though he may be, there’s only so much need for athletic bigs without the proper focus, and that’s to say nothing of Williams’ other indiscretions.

With no NBA team willing to cut the check, Williams is forced to seek employment elsewhere. According to David Pick of Eurobasket.net, Williams has been signed by Hapoel Jerusalem, an Israeli team that plays in Eurocup and the Israeli Super League. I’m sure this won’t be the last we’ll see of Williams. He’ll likely pop up again on a training camp roster in a year or two, and hopefully by then Williams’ basketball life will be in slightly better order.

Nets moving to Newark before Brooklyn

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The New Jersey Nets will become the Brooklyn (INSERT BRANDING HERE) in 2012. But until then, they need somewhere else to play, as the IZOD center is widely referred to as “a dump.”

So they’re headed to Newark, to play at the Prudential Center. Some of the advantages of the move are as follows:

  • Closer to the train to allow easier access from The City via public transportation.
  • Nicer arena, which could be used to lure free agents prior to the move to Brooklyn.
  • Shaquille O’Neal once wrote a song about Newark
  • It’s not the IZOD Center.